Organization Name:
Geneva Call (GC)

Organization Type:
NGO/INGO

Mission Statement:
Geneva Call is a Swiss-based international organisation dedicated to engaging armed Non-State Actors (NSAs)--armed groups operating outside of government control--in international humanitarian norms such as the ban on anti-personnel landmines. Geneva Call provides an innovative mechanism to engage NSAs in the practise and development of humanitarian norms, starting with the AP mine ban. It is the only organisation today offering NSAs the possibility to join in this process through signature of a Deed of Commitment, complementary to the international treaty banning AP mines. The authorities of the Republic and Canton of Geneva serve as the guardians of these declarations. The characteristics that influence the capacity and willingness of various armed groups to respect humanitarian norms, requires that each group be analysed to assess the potential and the methods for successful engagement and followup. For example, methods used to pressure states, such as economic embargoes or naming and shaming, are of limited use against groups that do not benefit from these activities or do not seek domestic or international legitimacy. A group without a clear leadership and unable to control its members will not have the capacity to enforce its obligations under the DoC. While the structure of still another NSA might allow for this, it may require assistance to implement other obligations under the DoC, such as mine clearance. Today more than 20 NSAs have signed the DoC. Through GC and its partners, engagements with NSAs have occurred in Aceh/Indonesia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cabinda/Angola, Chechnya/Russia, Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Sudan and Western Sahara/Morocco. Additional resources may be found at www.genevacall.org.


Contact Information

Full Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 334
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Country:
Switzerland

Phone Number:
(+41) 22-879-1050

Fax Number:
(+41) 22-879-1051

Email Address:
info@genevacall.org

Website:
http://www.genevacall.org


    Activity Detail(s)

  • Survey
  • Survivor and Victim Assistance
  • Mine Risk Education
  • Other
  • Clearance and Detection
  • Advocacy and Diplomacy
  • GIS and Mapping
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Program Management and Coordination
  • Marking and Monitoring
  • Quality Assurance

    Country(ies) of Operation

  • Bangladesh
  • Iraq
  • Nepal
  • Angola
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Somalia
  • Western Sahara
  • Morocco
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Russian Federation

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